- March 20, 2020
- Posted by: Kieran Moloney (Ottawa)
- Category: COVID19
Effective immediately, student attendance at schools is prohibited.
School authorities are expected to continue their regular day-to-day operations and ensure the safety of school facilities. Maintenance, capital projects, cleaning of facilities and administrative work will continue.
Every K-12 student will receive a final mark and students will progress to their next grade level next year. Provincial assessments, such as provincial achievement tests, will be cancelled. At this time, diploma exams essential for post-secondary acceptance will continue. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
Teachers and other school staff will still be expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to ensure these expectations are met. Decisions on how to do this are still to be made, and it may vary depending on the school jurisdiction.
Provincial Achievement tests have been cancelled for the remainder of the year.
Diplomas for Grade 12 graduation will be going forward with more details to come.
Alberta Post secondary institutions
Effective immediately, student attendance at post-secondary institutions is prohibited until further notice.
The government will also be working with post-secondary institutions to ensure that these extraordinary circumstances do not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies for the upcoming school year.
Is there any support for students paying student loans during the COVID-19 pandemic response?
To support student and apprentice loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has announced its plan to pause the repayment of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans until September 30, 2020, with no accrual of interest. Pending parliamentary approval, these measures will become effective March 30, 2020. This will include pre-authorized debits. We will provide more details shortly.
Alberta Student Aid information: https://studentaid.alberta.ca/
Alberta Daycares and day homes
All licensed child care, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs in Alberta are closed at this time, as well. Approved day homes are exempt because they care for fewer than seven children at a time. These programs are encouraged to use enhanced sanitation practices.